Gilmour Academy Hosts Sixth Annual Constitutional Law Symposium

With support from the M&T Trust, Gilmour Academy hosted the sixth annual David Potenziani Symposium on Constitutional Law on Friday, April 20. As part of the symposium, Gilmour welcomed Professor William Huhn, distinguished professor emeritus at The University of Akron School of Law. Professor Huhn delivered a presentation titled “The Civil Rights Movement and the Constitution.”

Huhn graduated from Yale University and Cornell Law School and, until his retirement in 2015, was a Distinguished Professor and C. Blake McDowell Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of Law, where he taught constitutional law and a number of other courses. He has authored many books and articles on constitutional law and legal reasoning, including The Five Types of Legal Argument (2002, 2008, 2014), which is required reading in courses on legal reasoning at a number of U.S. law schools. He also coordinated the writing of amicus briefs by committees of professors and submitted those briefs to the United States Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of Michigan and United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida. Huhn has also pioneered techniques for teaching law online, including the development of electronic textbooks, recorded lectures with accompanying quizzes, and classes via teleconference. He is now a visiting professor at Duquesne University School of Law where he teaches contracts, sales and secured transactions.

Students in Gilmour’s constitutional law and AP U.S. Government classes had the opportunity to hear Huhn’s presentation. After, they enjoyed eating lunch with Huhn, before the constitutional law students presented to him their final projects on current Supreme Court cases. See photos from the Potenziani Law Symposium.

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